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Antoine Girard wins the Airtour for the second time

Antoine Girard wins the Airtour for the second time

Antoine Girard arrived on top of the Dent de Crolles above St Hilaire du Touvet in France early in the morning on 20 June, to win the fourth Airtour. Despite a northerly wind he managed to fly down to the landing zone to finish in style. The hike-and fly competition started at the take-off at […]





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Apco Karma Evo: All sizes now certified EN A

Apco Karma Evo: All sizes now certified EN A

Apco have announced that all sizes of their EN A beginner / intermediate paraglider, the Karma Evo, are now certified and on sale. The wing is intended for both free-flight and paramotoring, and the range comprises four sizes, for all-up weights from 55-130kg for free-flight, and 70-145kg for powered paragliding. www.apcoaviation.com • Got news? Send it […]





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Col de Bleyne, France: site reopened!

Col de Bleyne, France: site reopened!

Pilots in the south of France are celebrating getting their beloved Col de Bleyne back as a free-flying site, as EDF abandon plans to erect windmills along the ridge. Arguably one of the best sites in the south of France, and starting point for several record flights, Col de Bleyne has been officially closed to […]





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Burki Martens claims European gain of height record

Burki Martens claims European gain of height record

Burkhard Martens has claimed a new European paragliding record for gain of height. He gained 3,478m on the 10 June 2014, flying from Brauneck in Germany. He was flying a Skywalk Chili 3. The record claim is here. Burki Martens is well known as the author of the free-flight textbooks Cross Country Flying and Thermal […]





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Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Atos pilot Christopher Friedl has claimed two new hang gliding world records. Both come from a mega flight he completed on 7 June where he flew a big circuit from Bischling in Austria. The first is for a 407.9km out-and-return and the second is for a 477.2km Free distance using up to three turn points. […]





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U-Turn Thriller X4: competition acro wing

U-Turn Thriller X4: competition acro wing

U-Turn have just launched the Thriller X4, a “completely redesigned” acro wing for professional acro pilots. A very dynamic wing yet with remarkably gentle feedback, U-Turn say the Thriller X4 is excellent for tricky tricks and transitions. They’ve given the wing calm vertical spin characteristics to make it easier to heli, kept the Pressure Balance Valves […]





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Chamonix Photo Exhibition: High Mountain Paragliding

Chamonix Photo Exhibition: High Mountain Paragliding

French paragliding photographers Jérôme Maupoint and Olivier Laugero are holding a joint photo exhibition in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, entitled ‘Les Passagers du Vent’, showcasing high-mountain paragliding photographs taken in the Mont Blanc region and the Himalaya. With contributions from Greg Blondeau and words from Philippe Nodet, the collection of around 30 photographs is well worth a visit […]





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Joerg Ewald takes over at Flytec

Joerg Ewald takes over at Flytec

Well known competition paraglider pilot Jörg Ewald has taken over the reins at Flytec. Flytec announced the move in a statement published on their website. Flytec’s founder, Peter Joder, and manager, Lorenz Camenzind, said the time had come for a “new generation” to take over. They said: After 31 years, the time has come to […]





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LK8000 Tactical Flight Computer: V5.0 out

LK8000 Tactical Flight Computer: V5.0 out

Version 5.0 of the LK8000 Tactical Flight Computer software is now available to download for free from LK8000′s website What’s new? In short: HSI & VSI Conical ESS Multiselect Task Revert Bluetooth support GPX file format Gear warning The video below shows that you can use a mini bluetooth keyboard as a remote control unit […]





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Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

  Austrian Bernhard Pessl became the second person to fly a 300km FAI triangle on a paraglider with a 300.65km flight from Antholtz in Italy on Sunday 8 June. Bernhard’s big flight came swiftly on the heels of Thomas Walder’s groundbreaking 325km flight through the Austrian Alps the day before. Bernhard was flying a Nova […]





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Thomas Walder flies first paraglider 300km FAI triangle

Thomas Walder flies first paraglider 300km FAI triangle

  Thomas Walder flew a 325.76km FAI triangle on Saturday 7 June – smashing the triangle world record and becoming the first paraglider pilot to break the 300km triangle mark. Tom spent 11.5 hours in the air and flew his Ozone Enzo to a maximum altitude of 3,834m. His route took him from launch in […]





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2015 FAI World Air Games to be held in Dubai

2015 FAI World Air Games to be held in Dubai

The FAI have announced that the 2015 edition of the FAI World Air Games has been awarded to the United Arab Emirates and will be held in Dubai. This multi-discipline event will be organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation and will take place over a period of 12 days in December 2015. It is the […]





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St Hilaire Air Tour 2014: 14-22 June

St Hilaire Air Tour 2014: 14-22 June

The St Hilaire AirTour 2014 runs from 14-22 June this year. The week-long hike-and-fly race starts and ends in St Hilaire du Touvet near Grenoble and will take the 51 pilots on a route through the French Alps. Fifty-one pilots are signed up to take part. Live tracking and daily video is all on the […]





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Swing update the Connect Reverse

Swing update the Connect Reverse

  Swing have “completely revised” their best-selling reversible harness, the Connect Reverse. Saying the harness is “proven and well tested but now much better” the new harness keeps the alpine back by rucksack specialist Deuter, but Swing have optimised and developed the belt system and airbag. Swing say their updates include: Optimized and lighter belt […]





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First Aspen 5 from Gradient certified (28)

First Aspen 5 from Gradient certified (28)

  Gradient have certified the Aspen 5 in size 28. The glider is an EN C. Gradient reported: “We are very pleased to inform you that Aspen5 28 already passed through certification and the glider is EN C certified. The Aspen5 is certified according to the new EN norm.” The “new EN norm” means it […]





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CIVL release final CCC document

CIVL release final CCC document

  CIVL have approved and released the new CIVL Competition Class (CCC) requirements for paragliders. Final revisions were made to the document which has been under development for the past year. CIVL’s Stephane Malbos thanked all those involved in the project and wished it “a successful life”. The full document can be downloaded here. • […]





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BGD Adam: All sizes now certified

BGD Adam: All sizes now certified

BGD’s entry-level wing, the Adam, has now been certified EN A in all sizes: S, M, ML and L. Information and specifications can be found on BGD’s website. www.flybgd.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home





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Renschler’s 20th anniversary golden Solario

Renschler’s 20th anniversary golden Solario

Renschler are celebrating 20 years of their little solar-powered vario, with a special-edition golden version. The company say of the little unit: “The already-low power consumption has been reduced by a further 20%, and the solar cell has 10% more power” www.renschler.de • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Buy and sell gear […]





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Flymaster launch new SD series flight instruments

Flymaster launch new SD series flight instruments

Flymaster are launching their new SD series of instruments, which incorporate an SD card offering extra data memory for added features. The new-look bodies are shock absorbent, with “almost unbreakable” displays, according to Flymaster. The instruments are available in varying degrees of complexity, from the basic Vario SD model for new pilots, rising all the […]





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Nova announce the Triton 2 – certified EN C

Nova announce the Triton 2 – certified EN C

  Nova have said they expect to start shipping their new Triton 2 this month. Certification tests have been carried out on the M and L, with S in progress. The M and L have both been certified EN C. The original Triton is EN D in three sizes and EN C in the largest […]





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